Sweet Flavors – R&D Intern- job post

Sensient Technologies


Hoffman Estates, IL 60010


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Sensient’s Sweet Flavors North America division is seeking a talented lab intern! The intern will gain an in-depth experience in, product development, lab comprehension and equipment knowledge within flavors and specialty value-added ingredient applications. The intern will also be encouraged to explore other areas of interest to learn more about fundamentals and the general operations both within and outside of the assigned department that will be supplemental to the learning experience.


Assists a Sweet Technologist in daily work by preparing products, performing benchtop evaluations and preparing customer demos.

Responsible for maintaining laboratory inventory of ingredients, equipment, packaging and general supplies.

Responsible for data entry into DevEx system to document and ship samples.

Responsible for production of finished product samples in pilot plant as needed.

May assist in flavor preparation, testing, learning the formula creation process, maintaining flavor library, participation in ideation sessions, and other lab work as assigned.

Checks raw materials for quality.

Conducts physical, chemical and organoleptic testing; makes oral and written observations and judgments on process and outcome to provide feedback to chemist.

Maintains a safe and professional laboratory environment; complies with government and company safety directives.

Utilizes good communication skills, both written and oral; enters and maintains accurate and thorough records as required.

Attend staff meetings on a regular basis.

Lead a development project from start to finish.

Help maintain the lab, i.e. washing glassware, filing flavors, cleaning out refrigerators etc.


Previous experience in a lab environment.

Ability to follow detailed product preparation instructions and prepare samples quickly and accurately.

Well organized, able to handle multiple tasks daily, and operate in a safe and responsible manner in the lab.

Strong work ethic, ability to work well with others and a positive can-do attitude.

Able to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally.

Education & Experience

At least 2 years of college science coursework preferably in the area of Food Science or Chemistry.

Proficient in the use of MS Office programs. Able to learn new systems quickly.

Prior internship in the food industry is beneficial but not mandatory.

About Sensient Flavors & Fragrances

Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group develops, manufactures and distributes flavor and fragrance systems that are found in thousands of consumer products worldwide. The company’s specialty systems are essential components of food, beverage, household and personal care products. Sensient’s value-added flavors and fragrances enable our customers to excel in highly competitive global markets. The Flavors & Fragrances Group is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

About Sensient Natural Ingredients

The Sensient Natural Ingredients group is part of Sensient Flavors & Fragrances Group and is one of the largest producers and distributors of dehydrated onion and garlic products as well as chili powder, paprika, chili pepper and dehydrated vegetables such as parsley, celery and spinach. These ingredients are used in many of today’s popular convenience foods. The Natural Ingredients unit is located in Turlock, California.

About Sensient Colors

Sensient Color Group is a leading developer, producer and supplier of natural and synthetic color systems for customers around the globe. The Company’s high-performance products play a central role in the manufacture of foods and beverages, cosmetic and pharmaceutical colors and coatings, inks for commercial and consumer printers, and colors for agricultural uses, household cleaners and paper products. The Color Group is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

About Sensient Technologies Corporation

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The Company’s customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world’s best-known brands. Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As a dynamic and diversified global leader, we offer an excellent salary and comprehensive benefits package. For more information, visit our website at http://www.sensient.com .

Equal Opportunity Employer